Fe Ciega Pinot Noir 2005

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Santa Rita HillsA dear friend who visited recently and tasted this wine after the 2005 Bien Nacido pinot noir was not...

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Winemaker's Notes:

Santa Rita HillsA dear friend who visited recently and tasted this wine after the 2005 Bien Nacido pinot noir was not impressed. He loved the Bien Nacidos friendliness, and thought this wine had less of everything--aroma and flavor. I was flabbergasted, because for me this is absolutely the best pinot noir we have ever made. However, wine is intriguing because it is all about personal perceptions--if you dont like apples, but love oranges, thats just the way it is. Here are my notes:Winemaker Rick Longoria does a great job farming this terrific site and generously allows us to purchase a small portion of his vineyard's production. Rick and I agree that there is only a moment in time when the character of the vineyard fully expresses itself. A couple of days too soon or too late and all is lost. In 2005 a combination of favorable weather and good timing made for my best Fe Ciega to date. While still a bit young to drink today, it has great style and minerality. There is a provocative animal character that lurks around the dark fruit scents of this wine, setting it apart from other vineyards. It is very subtle and just fascinating!

Santa Rita HillsA dear friend who visited recently and tasted this wine after the 2005 Bien Nacido pinot noir was not impressed. He loved the Bien Nacidos friendliness, and thought this wine had less of everything--aroma and flavor. I was flabbergasted, because for me this is absolutely the best pinot noir we have ever made. However, wine is intriguing because it is all about personal perceptions--if you dont like apples, but love oranges, thats just the way it is. Here are my notes:Winemaker Rick Longoria does a great job farming this terrific site and generously allows us to purchase a small portion of his vineyard's production. Rick and I agree that there is only a moment in time when the character of the vineyard fully expresses itself. A couple of days too soon or too late and all is lost. In 2005 a combination of favorable weather and good timing made for my best Fe Ciega to date. While still a bit young to drink today, it has great style and minerality. There is a provocative animal character that lurks around the dark fruit scents of this wine, setting it apart from other vineyards. It is very subtle and just fascinating!

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